The first war in heaven or earth took place in the spiritual realm and is recorded in the book of Revelation (Revelation 12:7-9). The last war that will take place is also recorded in the book of Revelation (Revelation 16:14-16; 20:7-9). The reason war continues today is man’s selfishness, greed, and lust (James 4:1-4). War stems from a man or woman’s free will to choose to follow the true God or the Adversary. Adam and Eve chose the later and mankind has been at war ever since (Luke 4:5,6). God had given man dominion, power, and authority over all of His creation, but man gave it away to God’s archenemy – Satan. That is why Adam’s crime is one of treason. He gave away all that God had given him to the enemy. The death and destruction of war is always due to Satan (Hebrews 2:14), never the true God. As man continues to reject God and the truth of His Word, and worships and serves other gods so he continues in war (Judges 5:8; II Chronicles 16:9).

At times, believers, or believing nations, like the nation of Israel in the Old Testament, have been or will be called upon to defend their nation from outside attack. When Israel worshipped and served the true God they never lost a man in battle. When they started worshipping and serving other gods their casualties were heavy. There is safety for those who worship and serve the true God in any situation, even in times of war if they are called upon to fight for and serve their country in war (Psalm 91:1-16; Leviticus 26:1-20). Those to whom these verses were addressed were servants of God. Would God do any less for born-again believers in this administration who are His sons and daughters by birth? There is protection and safety for any believer who knows and believes the promises of God’s Word.

With all the global terrorist attacks in recent history, and the events that have been occurring in the Middle East (that have been going on for thousands of years), we still hear from sincere religious people, especially those in positions of teaching and authority, about “the tribulation,” “the day of the Lord”, and so much other religious speculation and deceitful handling of the scriptures. It seems that every time things get hot in the Middle East we hear this. People have been hearing it since the Apostle Paul’s day and time. There has not been a time when nations or peoples within a nation were not at war in some part of the world. We witnessed similar unlearned and deceitful handling of scripture with the “prophecies” of doom concerning Y2K just a few short years ago (that have been so soon swept under the rug). It seems that everybody wants Armageddon, everybody wants the end of the world, but not according to God’s Word, and that is with the return of His Son.

The truth of the matter is that the return of God’s Son has two distinct phases. The second phase of his Second Coming was known and foretold of by the prophets of old. Even Jesus Christ knew and foretold of the second phase of his Second Coming (Matthew 24:1-51). However, Jesus Christ was ministering to, and speaking to, the circumcision, to Israel (Romans 15:8). He did not know about the period called the Great Mystery (Romans 16:25; Colossians 1:26; Ephesians 3:3-5), the Administration that began on the day of Pentecost in Acts chapter two and continues until the first phase of his Second Coming. That first phase of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the gathering together of the Church of the Body to meet him in the air, which is part of the Great Mystery that God had kept secret until he revealed it to the Apostle Paul. At that time he does not come to the earth as with the second phase (that you can read about in the Old Testament and in the book of Revelation, and that Jesus Christ spoke of concerning the Bride of Christ, which is Israel, in the gospels). The Church of the Body of Christ ascends to meet him in the air, as Paul revealed in the Church Epistles (I Thessalonians 4:13-18).

Part of the great hope for the Church of the Body of Christ, the Christian Church, is that it will not be here when those things spoken of by Jesus Christ begin to take place upon the earth (II Thessalonians 2:1-17). The words “a falling away” in these verses are from the Greek words he apostasia, which should have been translated “the departure.” It is translated as such in the Geneva Bible, The Crammer Bible of 1537, and The Tyndale Bible of 1539. The whole context of this section of scripture is “our gathering together unto him” of verse one – the “coming” (parousia) of Christ in the air that we read about in the first epistle to the Thessalonians, which takes place before the great tribulation period. That is “the departure,” our “gathering together unto him” that must first occur before all these other events are set in motion. The events Jesus Christ spoke of in the gospels, as well as the other prophecies concerning events that precede his Second Coming that are recorded in the Old Testament and in the book of Revelation, begin to take place after the Church of the Body of Christ has been gathered together unto him.

With the completion of both phases of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ all war will be terminated (I Corinthians 15:24-28; Revelation 20:14) and death, the last enemy, will be destroyed.